I feel like 30 hour days would be perfect. An extra hour to workout, an hour to meditate and practice mindfulness, an hour to read, an hour to clean, an hour to call friends and family and an extra hour in bed! Who’s in charge of hours in the day? Can we have a word please?
Summer so far has been my busiest and best yet! I’ve been working more than ever but also having lots of fun. However, this leads to two things that can stress me out a little. 1. Not finding time to workout, meditate, rest. 2. My house getting messy, washing piling up.
I’m know I’m not speaking for myself. I really feel at the moment everyone around me is the same. From my mum to my clients to people on social media! Perhaps we take on a little too much sometimes and our intentions are to still fit in time for ourselves but in my case in can literally seem impossible. This has really been especially hard the last two weeks and I wanted to just concentrate this blog post on body shape/weight and emotions relating to that topic.
Lots of factors come into making me very aware of my body shape/weight. From dancing since the age of 5 and then going into a Pilates instructor career, I’ve pretty much had to be conscious of my body every single day. I’ve probably worn a leotard, leggings or crop top nearly every day of my life and I’ve probably had to stand in front of a mirror in this attire almost every day of my life. This isn’t a negative but it does make you very aware when you put an extra few lbs or when you don’t train and notice the shape of your legs change.
So the last couple of weeks, I’ve not really worked out properly and I’ve drank alcohol at the weekends and I’ve gone out for lots of meals and had dessert. In the week I’ve then tried to get back on track but ended up just eating LOTS of healthy food- I’m talking a few too many raw nut bars a day! I know I’ve put on a little weight and I know I’m not as lean or toned as I was at the start of summer but that’s okay! I’m still in good shape and slim. But it’s difficult to think like that- my mind likes to go into panic and beat myself up mode. Now I know that is only going to make things worse.
So what to do when you’ve perhaps come out of your normal healthy routine for a bit, maybe because of a summer holiday where there’s all inclusive unlimited food and cocktails or maybe just from being super busy and not being able to workout. Here’s what I’ve done this week to try and get myself back on track…
SAY NICE THINGS TO YOUR BODY
I’ve refused to beat myself up! Everytime I feel bloated, heavy, untoned. I decide to focus on positives! I decide to love that I have hips, boobs. That I have legs to walk and arms to hug. We can get a little hung up on how we want our bodies to look that we forget how amazing it is to even have a body! Be grateful for all those good bits! Do you love your smile or your eyes or that your nails are strong and long? Every time you start getting negative thoughts about your body, change your mindset and know your doing okay, infact you’re pretty fabulously gorgeous no matter what the scales, mirror or your mind tells you!
GO BACK TO BASICS
Then it’s time to just go back to basics, eating 3 meals and 3 snacks a day and drinking lots of water. My lifestyle means that some days I’m just constantly snacking at funny times all day and even though this is great sometimes and really works for me energy level wise, it can mean I’m not very conscious of actually eating. By going back to 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, I have to plan my meals more and see if I am getting a good varied diet. Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’m constantly doing something else whilst eating which is terrible! I’m really going to try hard to stop this habit and sit down, chew my food, be grateful for my food and allow it time to digest to stop unwanted bloating and feelings of anxiety whilst eating.
When it comes to workouts, my main priority was getting back into yoga. I know that when I do yoga, I feel strong, centred, lengthened and I’m also getting the mindful benefits too. Normally I just head to a yoga class when I can fit it in but as I need to get back on track I decided to book a block of classes and get myself booked into the classes weeks advance, I have them in my diary so they are set in stone and there’s no excuse not to go. Even psychologically knowing I have those classes booked in makes me feel at ease, lighter and more on track! So my advice, if you’ve slacked on workouts recently, is to schedule them in. Whether it be gym sessions, dance classes or home workouts, write yourself a schedule and write them in your diary with the time and exact thing you’re going to be doing.
I’m already feeling a lot better this week from taking my own advice.
Finally I want you to take a vow with me 😉
Vow to try and start loving your body no matter what size or shape you are, however your feeling, whatever your doing, however you look and wherever you are.
Love, Lottie x